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CURE Luncheon

This Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 11 a.m. CURE Childhood Cancer’s 6th Annual “A Tribute to Quiet Heroes” luncheon will honor mothers of children with cancer whose love and tireless dedication guide their families through their journey with cancer.

The event will also include a silent auction with items such as an autographed Justin Bieber guitar, an opportunity for one lucky Little League team to receive coaching from Tom Glavine at his home, dinner with Chris and Tom Glavine, a Macbook Pro and 2011 Masters’ Tournament final round badges available for bidding.  Tickets are $125 and can be purchased online at www.quietheroes.org.

The event will take place at the Grand Hyatt: Buckhead (3300 Peachtree Road NE).

Vote on Georgia 400 Tolls Coming Friday

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Georgia commuters say the state will be breaking a promise if the tolls on Georgia 400 don't end next year.

"We've had enough crooked politicians trying to steal our money," said driver Dan Selton as he prepared to pay his 50 cents.

Selton and others remember the vow when the toll plaza on Georgia 400 appeared, how the state signed an agreement that the tolls would end when the bonds to finance the road were paid off in the year 2011.

As that date approaches, the Georgia State Tollway Authority will vote Friday on whether or not to keep the coins coming. If the tolls remain, the additional revenue would be used to make improvements at places like the often congested interchange of Georgia 400 and I-85.

To former Atlanta mayor Sam Massell, it's plenty of reason to keep the tolls intact.

Dating's Great Disappearing Act

ATLANTA -- There is no good excuse for the "Great Disappearing Act" in dating, according to Atlanta relationship expert Blane Bachelor.

"It's a punch to the gut," she said. "It makes it feel like you don't deserve an explanation."

The Great Disappearing Act happens when someone you've been dating suddenly stops calling, she said.

"If it hasn't happened to you, it's a matter of time. It's almost like a rite of passage in dating," said Bachelor, who writes a column for The Sunday Paper and recently released a book of columns, On Being a Bachelor: Thoughts on Dating, Mating and Relating.

Bachelor said cowardice is behind the Great Disappearing Act.

Fight the Flu While You Shop

ATLANTA -- There's no need to avoid the mall for fear of getting sick this flu season -- not when you can get a flu shot while you shop.

Every weekend from Sept. 24 to Oct. 24, pop-up flu clinics will be set up in local Simon malls, where nurses and educators will be on-hand to administer flu shots and answer questions about the vaccine.

The cost for a shot is $28; cash, credit and debit cards and Simon mall gift cards are accepted. Government-issued Medicare is also accepted with no out-of-pocket costs.

To reserve a spot and avoid the line, register a time with WellCheck and pay for your shot early. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The participating Simon malls are:

Gwinnett Place (2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, 30096)
Upper Level Guest Services
Friday/Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m.

Melissa Carter to Host Town Hall Meeting about HIV/STDS

On Friday, September 24th, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) will announce the launching of Taking Control, which is a statewide HIV/STD awareness and prevention initiative developed by and for gay and bisexual men in Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Community Heath will hold a Town Hall Meeting at 6:30p.m. at the Loudermilk Center Ballroom (40 Courtland Street NE). This event, “The Urgency of Fighting HIV among Gay and Bisexual Men in Georgia” will be emceed by Melissa Carter from Q100’s “The Bert Show”. She has since served as Grand Marshal in Atlanta's Gay Pride Parade, been honored as "Best Radio DJ" and "Best Female Hero" by different local newspapers, and performed in Atlanta productions of "The Vagina Monologues." 

For more information on this event please visit the Georgia Taking Control website www.GATakingControl.org

Introducing the 24-Hour Opera Project

In celebration of OPERA America’s National Opera Week, The Atlanta Opera, Georgia State University School of Music, Clark Atlanta University, and University of West Georgia will be hosting a 24-Hour Opera Project on Saturday, November 6 & Sunday, November 7, 2010, in the on-campus facilities of the Georgia State University School of Music.

Participants will have 24 hours to compose, rehearse, and perform an opera with strangers. Non-cash prizes will be awarded following a showcase-concert that will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 7, 2010, in the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, located in the Arts & Humanities Building at the corner of Gilmer Street and Peachtree Center Avenue.

Celebrating the Arts in Buckhead

Please join Charlie Loudermilk & the Buckhead Alliance for The Charlie Loudermilk Park renovation kick off cocktail event, "Celebrating the Arts in Buckhead". This event will be  held in the center of the Buckhead Village at the newly renovated Buckhead Theatre. 

The evening will be emceed by the Today Show's Dan Gardner. This event is produced by Randy Kamay of Entertainment Design Group. All music is choreographed by Angela Harris and the talent lineup will feature live performances by Dance Canvas, Cici Kelley & The MTV Swagger Crew, the Francisco Vidal Band and a special appearance by the WNBA Atlanta Dream's Dream Supremes.

All pieces of art on display will be by Buckhead's own Atlanta International School & the talented SCAD Atlanta. The park renderings will be provided by William Harrison Design and Roxy Capital Partners.

$25 Per Person.